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Job Ref:  436414
Employer:  BHP Billiton
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  Canada
City:  Saskatoon
16/10/2016 21:04

At BHP Billiton, our people lead the way. We are BHP Billiton. Our 100-year Potash strategy in Saskatchewan will allow us to keep pace with the growing demands of the world. This is a career opportunity of a lifetime.

BHP Billiton is committed to be an organization which fosters an environment where people can be themselves, feel valued, and make meaningful contributions at work and in the communities. This will be achieved by recognizing, embracing, and leveraging individual differences. In support of this, we are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and therefore where candidate's applicable skills and experiences are relatively equal, preference for hiring may be given to Aboriginal candidates and/or Women in a non-traditional role.


An outstanding opportunity exists for an enthusiastic professional to become part of our team based in our Saskatoon office. Reporting to the Head of Engineering and deployed to the Processing and Non-processing areas of the project, this role acts as the single point of contact for all Project Engineering interfaces and leads the performance and assurance of Engineering performed by 3 rd parties for that area. The role also provides leadership in developing engineering strategies and plans together with deployment of Program functional standards and frameworks that ensure the engineering is optimized to enable safe, efficient and effective construction, commissioning and operation.


  • Works under the direction of a Manager Studies\Project Delivery to ensure engineering achieves the integrated project scope, cost, schedule and value requirements
  • Acts as a single point of contact for all Project Engineering interfaces, deliverables and inputs
  • Leads provisioning of engineering expertise and management of engineering resources for the development of engineering related deliverables and associated quantities
  • Implements Program and Project Engineering strategy, standards, processes, frameworks, systems and plans
  • Leads development and implementation of Engineering Study Work plans and Engineering Management Plans
  • Leads and drives the application of scope optimization, value improvement, benchmarking, and productivity improvement opportunities in Engineering
  • Leads and drives the practical application of the Prevention through Design functional standard and critical risk management in Engineering to deliver optimal outcomes in construction and operations
  • Monitors project engineering progress, and in particular the critical path, in conjunction with the Project Manager so that schedule slippage can be monitored and the effects minimized.
  • Leads implementation of risk and quality management plans to assure effective management of the project's engineering scope of work.
  • Drives the capture of lessons learnt from development & delivery of other Major Capital Projects for incorporation into continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Applies Change Management processes, metrics and tools to track leading indicators of Engineering performance
  • Collaborates with Commissioning and Construction to ensure that engineering is driven by commissioning and construction methodologies, strategies and systems.

Measures of Success
  • Visible champion of Prevention through Design. Meaningful participation across the Owner's Team and Engineering provider.
  • Engineering approaches (the how) and solutions (the what) are consistently fit-for-purpose and developed with appropriate levels of collaboration and endorsement by line and functional stakeholders
  • Applies innovation and new technology to continuously improve Engineering productivity. Challenges and optimizes 3 rd party Engineering systems to remove inefficient interfaces and handover processes.
  • Engineering requirements (safety / schedule / budget / people / quality) are consistently conveyed and met
  • Early detection and avoidance of Engineering issues, deficiencies and risks
  • Engineering opportunities are maximized and integrated into work plans with acceptable (and approved) impact
  • Active management of Engineering people, procedures and systems to ensure they are not the bottleneck
  • Accountable for adhering to the process of costing, budgeting and forecasting in a timely and accurate manner
  • Disciplined, transparent and endorsed change management processes are followed
  • Compliance with group and business level processes

Working Conditions
  • The role is Saskatoon based with the potential for short-term relocation within Canada depending upon the location of the Engineering effort for the project
  • Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment. Limited physical effort required.
  • Regular travel to 3 rd party Engineering provider offices and Jansen site will be required
  • Works in a fast paced environment with ability to respond to changing priorities from different levels of the organization

Problem Solving
  • Requires good analytical skills as well as evaluative judgment based on the analysis of factual and qualitative information in complicated or novel situations. Ability to filter, prioritize, analyze, and validate potentially complex and dynamic material using multiple sources of information (internal and external)
  • Influences decisions through providing advice, counsel or facilitating services to others or through joint accountability for the volume, quality and timeliness of end results. No direct line responsibility for the financial or resource planning but has a degree of responsibility over the end results.

Scope of Decision Making and Impact of Decisions
  • Influences strategy of the function and line through advice, counsel or facilitating services.
  • Makes decisions at a sub-functional level aligned with the strategies of the function and line area
  • Sets the direction of Engineering within the area (including primary service providers) which eventually impacts the overall performance and effectiveness of the line or sub-function.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant engineering management and project management experience in a projects environment at an EPC(m) and/or Owner level
  • Experience in the resource, energy or chemicals sector appropriate to the size and complexity of a major/mega project.
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in the Engineering development of mineral processing facilities that include bulk material handling, crushing and screening, flotation, tailings, and utilities is an advantage.
  • Developing, leading and participating in teams through project development and delivery in a functional matrix organization also an advantage
  • Functional knowledge of industry leading functional standards and engineering management practices in a multi discipline engineering environment including 3D data centric platforms. Experience with the full suite of Smartplant products is an advantage.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to engage, influence and build solid working relationships with peers, stakeholders, vendors and engineering contractors
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering with a major in a relevant Engineering discipline (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering)
  • Post graduate qualifications in Business Administration or Management an advantage

While we appreciate all interest in BHP Billiton Canada Inc. and our Jansen Project, preference will be given to qualified local and domestic applicants as local conditions apply for this role.


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